"I knew that if I wrote, other peole exploded."

That's what Toni Morrison said last week during a discussion with Ta-Nehisi Coates and Sonia Sanchez at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting's "Art and Social Activism" panel. Morrison told the story of the first time she realized the power of words:

"When they were children, Morrison and her sister loved to write on sidewalks. One day, they saw a new word near their home and began to copy it out: F-U-C—. Suddenly, their frantic mother burst through the door and separated them. 'She never explained the word. We never knew what it was. But I knew that if I wrote—other people exploded.'"

And as if those three amazing authors weren't enough, Jacqueline Woodson (author of Brown Girl Dreaming) was on hand, too, to award the three panelists the Marlon Brando Award for excellence in the arts.  Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.